The birth of a baby is such an exciting time for new parents. They are often overjoyed and overwhelmed all at once, with visitors and new routines. Everyone has good intentions of trying to help, but it doesn’t always come across that way. Here are some unique ideas to offer actual relief and needed assistance, without getting in the way.
1. Simply Wait; Then Help
When a new baby is born, everyone wants to flock to the hospital and see him or her right away. Although understandable, unless you are family, you might want to give them space at first. Odds are that they are being given meals, gifts and clothes right away. If you can, wait a few weeks or even a month to find out what they truly need. At that point, they are sleep deprived and might need a good meal or a fun cookie delivery Atlanta, for example.
2. Do Chores
If the new mom is comfortable with you, do dishes or laundry when visiting. If you’ve ever had children, you know that babies can require more chores than you ever thought possible. With the advent of online grocery ordering, perhaps you can offer to pick it up.
Brand new parents might not be comfortable leaving for long, but babysitting is always appreciated. You may be able to simply give them a nap while you handle a feeding. For the truly tired parents, it would be such a gift for you to do the last feeding before bed so they can get an early bedtime.
When a friend has a new baby, think about the best way to help her. Listen to her and try to truly meet her needs, rather than what most people think is the right thing to do. Whether you help with chores, babysitting, or by sending food, it will be appreciated in ways you can’t imagine.